Truth to Power

HUD gets punk’d

On the eve of the anniversary of Katrina, don’t these sound like great actions to (belatedly) take?

  • Energy giants Exxon and Shell would spend $8.6 billion “to finance wetlands rebuilding from $60 billion in profits this year.”

  • Wal-Mart would withdraw its stores from poor neighborhoods and “help nurture local businesses to replace them.”

  • the federal government would spend $180 million to fund “at least one well-equipped public health clinic for every housing development.”

  • the feds would reverse plans to replace public schools with private and charter schools, and instead create a national tax base to supplement local taxes.

Alas, not to be. HUD got punk’d by the Yes Men.

CNN doesn’t find it funny.

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